Archive for Friday, August 5, 2011

Heard on the Hill: New scholarship grid will still use weighted GPAs; no mass retirements coming to KU; Hot Dog Man will be on campus for sixth year

August 5, 2011


Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• One last bit of information related to the scholarship changes I wrote about earlier this week.

On the new handy-dandy scholarship grid, a faculty member noticed that the high school GPA requirements were listed as being on a “4.0 scale.”

The faculty member wondered how that applied to weighted GPAs, which several high schools use to give extra points to reward students for taking challenging courses.

Matt Melvin, associate vice provost for recruitment and enrollment, confirmed to me that KU, as in the past, will continue to use both weighted and unweighted GPAs in determining if students qualify for scholarships.

The 4.0 scale, he said, refers to schools that use different grading scales, like a five-point scale, in determining their GPAs. In those cases, KU will adjust the grades to a four-point scale.

The question of how to factor in weighted grades is an interesting question, because not all schools weight their GPAs, so some students are rewarded for taking hard classes, while others aren’t.

But opting not to honor a weighted GPA might have an impact on a high school student who chose to take a risk on a harder class knowing that they would have some cushion from the weighted measure.

It’s an interesting thought.

• Thanks to all those who alerted me to a message from Ola Faucher, director of human resources for KU.

Her message essentially said that we won’t be seeing a huge bunch of retirements from KU as a result of the state’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program announced on Tuesday. In fact, we won’t be seeing any, because no KU employee qualifies for the program.

The program is designed, Faucher wrote, to provide incentives for employees to retire early so the state could generate salary and benefit savings.

Eligible employees include unclassified employees whose salary is approved by the governor. The governor does not approve unclassified salaries at regents schools, Faucher wrote.

• As classes return, so will the “Hot Dog Man,” who operates that small stand on Wescoe Beach that sells hot dogs, chips and cans of soda for a dollar each.

He’ll be back for the sixth year.

Affiliated with KU Dining Services, on the first day of classes, he’ll be on the west side of Wescoe Beach in his usual spot, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Then, each Tuesday and Wednesday from those same hours after that, weather permitting.

What I don’t know is anything about the Hot Dog Man. (Is it always the same guy?) Inquiring minds need to know.

• If you can’t wait for the Hot Dog Man, you can always send tips to the Heard on the Hill Man (I actually am the same guy every day). All you have to do is send me an email at


stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 10 months ago

regarding the bit about no KU employees being eligible for the early retirement deal... the Unclassified employees at KU are a small percentages of those left out of this deal...

what it fails to mention is that Classified employees across the State are eligible for the deal... but there are no longer any Classified State employees at KU... the University had them switched to University Service Staff employees several years back... so, they are left out of this deal...

I wonder if there will be any other deals they are left out of in the future...

guesswho 6 years, 10 months ago

The University did not switch them over. The classified staff voted to change their designation to university support staff. It was a very close vote, but a vote of the staff, not the administration.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 10 months ago

the administration and the human resources department pushed for it… and true, they did allowed the employees to vote on it... the first vote was a tie... (with thousands of votes cast that seemed like an unbelievable coincidence to many)

regardless... to suggest that the KU administration wasn’t key in the decision is a little silly...

it was their idea... and ultimately their decision...

ResQd 6 years, 10 months ago

It's because they wanted more control of the employees, is my understanding. Now, they can fire you at will.

Tammy Copp-Barta 6 years, 10 months ago

AND you can no longer take a grievance any higher than the HR department at KU!!! You can no longer go to Topeka for mediation or resolution!

Tammy Copp-Barta 6 years, 10 months ago

WRONG!!! We voted AGAINST the switch and when the admin didn't GET what the wanted, they made us REVOTE!

Tammy Copp-Barta 6 years, 10 months ago

You can thank Lindy Eakin and Ola Faucher for that mess!

KSChick1 6 years, 10 months ago

That would be "university support staff" thanks

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 10 months ago

yes... it would be... thank you for the correction...

Eddie Muñoz 6 years, 10 months ago

THE hot dog guy is Ron Wroczynski, but he's a manager so he's not always there. Then there's Paul Baker, who is more known as the omelet guy (, who is there sometimes, too. Seems toward the end of last semester when the hot dog stand was there it was run by students, though.

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